EXCITING EVENTS AROUND NEW YORK: FEBRUARY 2024
By Great Performances
Explore Great Music, Art and More at Our Partner Venues This Month!
APOLLO MUSIC CAFÉ
Location: Apollo’s Soundstage
Tickets: $30 (Plus $10 food and beverage minimum)
Perfect for date night, or a night out with friends, the Apollo Music Café series has served as a launching pad for numerous artists including Grammy winners PJ Morton and Samara Joy showcasing their unique artistry in an intimate nightclub setting. The series features diverse performances across a myriad of genres (R&B, hip-hop, soul, jazz, latin, pop, funk and rock) and showcases artists drawn from the independent music scene who are making their mark in the industry.
Blakley’s soulful voice captures your heart at the rise and fall of every note, mesmerizing audiences and musical tastemakers alike. Grammy Award-winning producer Adam Blackstone calls him one of his favorite vocalists. After making the ABC’s Boy Band finale and forming the 4th Avenue band with fellow contestants– this hopeless romantic steps into the spotlight for a night of ballads on our intimate Soundstage.
Join us as we welcome this Harlem native, Amateur Night alum and American Idol 2023 contestant home for an intimate night on our Soundstage!
RIP MICHEALS LIVE “DID I GO TOO FAR”?
Friday, February 23rd at 8:00pm
Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater
Tickets: start at $45.20
Rip Micheals brings the Did I Go Too Far comedy show to The Apollo live on February 23, 2023. Featuring music by DJ Self.
LEO BAR HAPPY HOUR
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Asia Society!
Friday, February 9th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Tickets: $20 which includes one drink
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with an evening of cocktails and music from DJ Kai Song on Friday, February 9 from 5:30 to 8 PM. Enjoy the gorgeous Garden Court as you ring in the Year of the Dragon, mingle with friends, and make new connections at Asia Society!
Bo Law Kung Fu will perform a lion dance, and there will be fortune telling stations with Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith, authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac. There will also be an opportunity to watch “Reimagined Volume II: Mahal”, a virtual reality animated film directed by award-winning creator Michaela Ternasky-Holland.
NEW EXHIBITION: COAL + ICE
Tuesday, February 13th through Sunday, August 11th
Asia Society is proud to present COAL + ICE, an immersive photography and video exhibition accompanied by a series of related programs. COAL + ICE visualizes the causes and consequences of the climate crisis and foregrounds creative solutions.
Throughout the run of the exhibition, climate change will take center stage at Asia Society, including speaker events, performances, films, and more. Asia Society has joined forces with a network of partner organizations across New York City’s five boroughs to concurrently present exhibitions and events, expanding the conversation to inspire deeper engagement on how the climate crisis affects our global and local communities.
COAL + ICE is co-curated by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas and international exhibition designer Jeroen de Vries, and led by Orville Schell, Asia Society Vice President and Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations.
HOMAGE TO THE EARTH:
ABIGAIL WASHBURN, MARTHA REDBONE, AND JEN SHYU
Wednesday, February 14th from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Tickets: $30 Nonmembers, $20 Members. Students/Seniors: Contact Box Office for Discount!
Homage to the Earth: Abigail Washburn, Martha Redbone and Jen Shyu is presented on occasion of the opening of Asia Society’s COAL + ICE, a festival of culture to inspire action on climate change. COAL + ICE is on view Wednesday, February 14, 2024 until 7:30 p.m. at the Asia Society Museum.
An extraordinary group of musicians, traversing traditions from classical to folk, come together for the first time ever in a collaborative evening of musical reverence for nature, driven by the urgency to defend life on our planet. Global musical styles find a common voice that highlights the humanizing quality of music and our relationship to our ancestors. Abigail Washburn, Martha Redbone, and Jen Shyu join forces and voices for this homage to the earth.
Friday, January 12th through Sunday, February 11th
Location: BAM Fisher, Fishman Space
Tickets: start at $59
MART FOUNDATION & ARLEKIN PLAYERS PRESENT
WRITTEN BY TADEUSZ SŁOBODZIANEK
DIRECTED BY IGOR GOLYAK
ADAPTATION BY NORMAN ALLEN
Featuring: Gus Birney, Andrey Burkovskiy, Jack DiFalco, José Espinosa, Tess Goldwyn, Will Manning, Stephen Ochsner, Alexandra Silber, Richard Topol and Ilia Volok.
Friends. Enemies. Classmates. Based on the true story
Ten Polish classmates — five Jewish and five Catholic — grow up as friends and neighbors, then turn on one another with life and death consequences. Inspired by real life events surrounding a horrific 1941 pogrom in a small Polish village, this shocking, timely story follows their lives from childhood through eight decades in a new contemporary production of Tadeusz Słobodzianek’s masterpiece, from Ukrainian-born Jewish director Igor Golyak (The Orchard; State vs. Natasha Banina).
BARK OF MILLIONS
Monday, February 5th through Saturday, February 10th
Location: BAM Strong, Harvey Theater
Tickets: start at $35
Bark of Millions
Lyrics and direction by Taylor Mac
Music and musical direction by Matt Ray
Part of Winter/Spring 2024
A powerhouse collective of international artists ignite an electrifying collision of performance, live music, and drag spectacle in the latest from theater-making renegades Taylor Mac, Matt Ray, and Machine Dazzle. The team unleashes their creativity in a rock opera meditation on queerness, featuring 55 original songs by Mac and Ray and a bevy of costumes by Dazzle. With the fierce elation of a pride parade, Bark of Millions is a luxuriant, provocative spectacle unlike any other.
From the award-winning creative and producing teams behind A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, this joyous epic is both a celebration of and a gift to the queer canon, expanding the archive for generations to come.
With Ari Folman-Cohen, Bernice “Boom Boom” Brooks, Chris Giarmo, Dana Lyn, El Beh, Greg Glassman, Jack Fuller (Vocal Captain), Joel E. Mateo, Jules Skloot, Le Gateau Chocolat, Lisa “Paz” Parrott, Machine Dazzle, Mama Alto, Marika Hughes, Matt Ray, Sean Donovan (Associate Choreographer), Steffanie Christi’an, Stephen Quinn, Taylor Mac, Thornetta Davis, Viva DeConcini, and Wes Olivier.
SUNDAY ART: LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
January 14th through February 18th
Tickets: free with Museum admission
Bring the family to this free drop-in program celebrating Lunar New Year. We’ll create art inspired by the collection and enjoy a lion dance performance by the Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club.
February 11: Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
February 18: Porcelains in the Mist: The Kondō Family of Ceramicists, 2nd Floor
BROOKLYN POETRY SLAM
Thursday, February 29th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Register in advance and pay as you wish (suggested admission: $10).
Celebrate Brooklyn Poetry Slam’s tenth year! Amplify the voices of Brooklyn at a series of pay-what-you-can slams, presented by poets and cofounders Mahogany L. Browne and DJ Jive Poetic. Come to listen to poets, or arrive early to sign up if you’d like to join the slam (limited availability).
Brooklyn Poetry Slam rules
- Brooklyn Poetry Slam is a two-round performance poetry competition.
- Each poet is given three minutes to read their own original work (no props or accompaniments).
- The top five poets from the first round advance to the second round.
- Five random judges from the audience score each round on a scale of 0–10. The highest and lowest scores for each poet are dropped each round. The poet with the highest cumulative score is the winner.
2022–23 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence
Sunday, February 25th at 2:00pm
Tickets: start at $30
The final concert in the Ivalas Quartet’s 2022–23 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residency, postponed from June 2023, represents their ongoing commitment to showcasing diverse voices. Their program, spotlighting Black and indigenous composers, includes a world premiere by Derrick Skye, a composer with Ghanaian, Nigerian, Native American, and British/Irish ancestry who believes music is a doorway into understanding other cultures.
DIZZY’S VALENTINE’S DAY,
WITH MORGAN JAMES
Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00pm
Tickets: start at $225
Dizzy’s Club welcomes back a beloved Valentine’s Day tradition: an evening with Morgan James. The award-winning singer and songwriter shares her imaginative storytelling and theatrical presence in an intimate performance for friends and lovers alike. Alongside music from her acclaimed 2023 release Nobody’s Fool, she presents acoustic interpretations of repertoire from iconic artists like Donny Hathaway, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, and Otis Redding. Says the magnetic artist, “This music is me: classic elements, timeless melodies, and lyrics from my soul and experience. We need that right now.”
MASTERS OF FORM: DUKE, JELLY ROLL, AND MINGUS THE JLCO WITH WYNTON MARSALIS WITH SPECIAL GUEST ANDY FARBER
Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 3rd
Location: Rose Theater
Tickets: start at $40.50
ABOUT THE CONCERT
Just like buildings, songs have structure—and the forms they take affect us in powerful ways we may not always understand. Music-directed by trombonist Vincent Gardner, this Rose Theater event featuring the JLCO honors three distinct but equally innovative masters of form: Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, and Charles Mingus.
Each composer experimented with the boundaries of jazz, tinkering with formal elements like melody, harmony, and time to summon the sublime. Similarly, the immortal Frank Lloyd Wright transformed how we relate to the structures in which we live—and so, special guest Andy Farber premieres his ambitious new work Usonian Structures to honor the influential architect. Part of the Ertegun Jazz Concert Series.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- The JLCO tackles the music of three jazz giants and explores the meaning of musical form.
- Special guest Andy Farber premieres Usonian Structures – a work inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.
- Music directed by Vincent Gardner.
- A pre-concert lecture precedes each performance at 7pm.
DIANNE REEVES: LOVESTRUCK
Friday, February 16th and Saturday, February 17th
Location: Rose Theater
Tickets: start at $40.50
ABOUT THE CONCERT
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s most romantic tradition returns to the Rose Theater just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend. Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer and NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves leads her all-star quintet, sharing songs of rapture and anguish, of romance and heartbreak—all in celebration of that mysterious force we call love.
Expect cherished standards and surprise repertoire delivered by an expert song interpreter and supreme vocalist whose approach to melody and phrasing is as skilled as it is spontaneous. Don’t miss this mid-season favorite.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- A Valentine’s Day tradition by the masterful vocalist.
- Featuring Dianne Reeves’ acclaimed quartet.
- Expect old standards and surprise repertoire.
Friday, February 2nd from 10:00am to 9:00pm
Join Poster House on the First Friday of every month for free admission and extended hours! Explore the museum’s latest exhibitions and get in on the fun by attending a tour, workshop, performance, or activity throughout the day. Every First Friday is different, offering unique opportunities to engage with rotating exhibitions and the permanent collection. Every First Friday is different–check back soon for a complete list of activities.
BIODYNAMIC BOUNTY: ECO-CONSCIOUS WINE TASTING & TOUR
Thursday, February 8th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Reflecting on the ongoing environmental crises can lead to despair, but it’s not all doom and gloom! Industries around the globe are finding ways to adapt and reduce their environmental impact every day, including the wine industry. Join Joel Schott of Skurnik Wines to discover how vineyards are developing sustainable practices to reduce their environmental impact while still creating delicious wines. Learn about the differences between organic, natural, and biodynamic wines while tasting examples of each. Along the way, join curator Tim Medland for a tour of the exhibition We Tried to Warn You! Environmental Crisis Posters, 1970–2020. Select wines will be available for purchase at the end of the evening.
SOOTHING WINTER SOAPS WORKSHOP
Sunday, February 11th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Wave Hill House
Tickets: $65, including admission to the grounds. Wave Hill Members save 10%
Make your own cold-processed soap with Melissa Rivera of Holistic Energy Healing. Each batch is made from all natural ingredients, including fragrance and essential oils that soothe winter-weary skin and have an amazing scent! Go home with a full pound of homemade soap, enough for several bars to keep or share. Participants will work in small groups. Winter Haven event.
Sunday, February 25th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Armor Hall
Tickets: $30 Adult/$16 Student with ID/$14 Child (8-18), including admission to the grounds. Advance tickets $2 off. Wave Hill Members save 10%
With their unique blend of toy piano, electronics, and multimedia, Chromic Duo— comprised of award-winning pianists Lucy Yao and Dorothy Chan—present Room of Oceans, a program that ruminates on the question: How can we create moments of connection and empathy? Featuring pieces inspired by nature, Chromic invites audiences to reflect on their current state of being, believing that by slowing down and looking at the smallest objects of the everyday, “we can uncover truths and reimagine how we connect with each other.”
This concert is part of “Roots and Branches,” Wave Hill’s indoor concert series featuring artists from across musical disciplines, exploring how traditions and heritage inspire musical exploration and growth. Explore more Roots and Branches concerts here.
ICE SEASON RETURNS!
now through March, 15th, 2024
Wollman Rink NYC in iconic Central Park will open for ice skating daily from Saturday, October 28th, 2023 to March 15, 2024.
Don’t miss your chance to skate at Wollman Rink NYC, the perfect place to enjoy an iconic New York experience!
Tickets on sale now!
RINK SIDE IGLOOS
now through March 15th, 2024
Elevate your skating experience at Wollman Rink inside our cozy, private, heated Rink Side igloos, under the Midtown Manhattan skyline in Central Park. Both of our transparent igloos feature an electric fireplace, soft lighting, and comfy seating for eight, as well as delicious food and beverage options.